How & when to water indoor plants without overwatering

Watering indoor plants is an essential part of plant care, as plants need water to survive and thrive. However, it is also important to avoid overwatering, as this can cause a range of problems, such as root rot, fungal diseases, and plant death. In this blog post, we will explore how and when to water indoor plants without overwatering.

One of the key factors to consider when watering indoor plants is the type of plant. Different plants have different watering needs, so it is important to research the specific watering requirements of each plant. For example, some plants, such as succulents and cacti, are drought-resistant and only need to be watered sparingly, whereas other plants, such as ferns and orchids, prefer a more regular watering schedule.

Another important factor to consider when watering indoor plants is the type of soil. Different soils have different moisture-holding capacities, so it is important to choose a soil that is suitable for the plants you are growing. For example, succulents and cacti prefer a well-draining soil that will not retain moisture, whereas ferns and orchids prefer a more moisture-retentive soil.

Once you have determined the watering needs of your plants and the type of soil they are growing in, you can determine how often to water them. As a general rule, it is best to water plants when the soil is slightly dry, but not completely dry. To check the moisture level of the soil, insert your finger into the soil to a depth of about 1 inch. If the soil feels dry, it is time to water. If the soil feels moist, wait a few more days before watering.

When watering indoor plants, it is important to water them thoroughly, but not excessively. This means watering the plants until water begins to drain from the bottom of the pots, and then allowing the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. Overwatering can cause a range of problems, such as root rot and fungal diseases, so it is important to avoid giving plants too much water.

In summary, watering indoor plants is an essential part of plant care, but it is important to avoid overwatering. To water indoor plants without overwatering, consider the plant’s specific watering needs, the type of soil it is growing in, and the moisture level.

About the author 


Plant-lover with a life-goal to buy land across the UK to plant his own forest, James specialises in horticulture and botanical research, and has been growing and rewilding forests with trees, including endangered species, for over 15 years. He is an avid gardener, allotment owner, and aids in the running of a carbon neutral initiative in companies across the UK.

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